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‘Deadliest Catch’ host Mike Rowe opens up about Seattle-based crab boat lost in Bering Sea

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/18/17

SEATTLE — TV host Mike Rowe is opening up about his experience filming Deadliest Catch after being asked by fans why he hasn’t addressed the loss of a Seattle-based crab fishing boat in the Bering Sea.

Earlier this week, we told you that the crew of Deadliest Catch had posted on social media saying that their “thoughts and prayers go out to the crew members aboard the F/V Destination and their families.” 

View full story here at Q13 News.

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Crews battle Bainbridge boat fire Monday

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/14/17

BAINBRIDGE ISLAND — Emergency crews battled a fire Monday afternoon on a sailboat off Rockaway Beach.

The person who was aboard the 40-foot vessel was taken off without injuries, according to the Bainbridge Island Fire Department.

Witnesses noticed smoke coming from the vessel at about 3:30 p.m. as it was getting underway near the mouth of Eagle Harbor. Crews had the flames under control by 5 p.m.

The fire's cause is unknown, according to Assistant Fire Chief Luke Carpenter.

Bainbridge Fire was assisted by Coast Guard and Seattle Fire Department crews. Source: Kitsap Sun

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Search ends for Bering Sea crabbing boat, crew of 6

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/14/17

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- The search has been called off for the six veteran fishermen aboard a crabbing boat missing in the icy, turbulent Bering Sea.

The fishing vessel Destination went missing early Saturday after an emergency signal from a radio beacon registered to the ship. The signal originated from 2 miles off St. George, an island about 650 miles west of Kodiak Island.

The Coast Guard released a statement Monday night saying the search has been suspended, along with a video depicting search efforts and a message thanking civilian vessels for joining in the search. 

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of the six crewmembers during this extremely difficult time,” said Rear Adm. Michael McAllister, commander of the Coast Guard 17th District. “The decision to suspend a search is always difficult and is made with great care and consideration.”  Source: CBS News

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All American Marine lands contract to build large hybrid boat

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/14/17

BELLINGHAM - All American Marine has landed another large contract as the company gets closer to moving into its new waterfront facility.

The Bellingham boat builder announced a deal to build a 600-passenger, hybrid electric vessel for Red and White Fleet of San Francisco. The deal was signed during a recent Passenger Vessel Association Convention in Seattle. The contract is valued at nearly $7 million.

The vessel is expected to be completed by late spring 2018. This follows a September announcement inking a deal with Argosy Cruises of Seattle to build a 500-passenger tour boat. That project is expected to be completed this fall.

The 600-passenger vessel, which will be named Enhydra, is a milestone contract for the company in several ways. It will be the first vessel with the hybrid propulsion system built by the company, which includes lithium-ion batteries. According to All American Marine, it will be the largest lithium-ion hybrid vessel built in the U.S.  View full story at The Bellingham Herald.

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Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article132528849.html#storylink=cpy

Discussion heated for Port of Port Townsend rate hikes

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/03/17

PORT TOWNSEND — More than 30 people turned out for a heated discussion on the Port of Port Townsend’s capital projects and the proposed rate hikes that are meant to help pay for them.

The port is proposing 10 percent to 16 percent rate increases for moorage, electricity and fees at port marinas to help pay for a long list of capital projects.

The hikes would be roughly a monthly increase of $27 to $43 per month — up to $61 for large boats.

Many at the Wednesday public workshop expressed concern over the affordability of the proposed increases.

View full story at Peninsula Daily News.

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Sinking boat near Kingston to be hauled off soon

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/03/17

KINGSTON – The Olympic, the historic fishing vessel languishing in Appletree Cove, has one more trip to make. The 58-foot vessel foundered in the cove in early December after it broke anchor and winds pushed it into shallow water.

The state Department of Natural Resources has launched an effort to clean up the boat through its Derelict Vessel Removal Program. The DNR is finalizing an approximately $50,000 contract to have the ...boat raised and hauled to Port Townsend, where it will eventually be destroyed, DVRP manager Troy Wood said.

"Unfortunately, due to restrictions in our program, we’re not able to move as quickly as (neighbors) would like," Wood said. "But we are moving."

Full story at Kitsap Sun.

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Gig Harbor business owner purchases Alabama-based power boat manufacturer

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 02/02/17

Gig Harbor resident Joe Malich recently purchased the molds, equipment and other assets to manufacture the 26 Redline power boat from Harpersville, Alabama-based RPM Powerboats. He recently displayed the boat at the L.A. Boat Show. View full story here at The News Tribune.

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Read more here: http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/local/community/gateway/g-news/article130118364.html#storylink=cpy

Sailboat captain, ‘pirate’ calls Coast Guard for help

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/25/17

Sailboat captain, ‘pirate’ calls Coast Guard for help in Port Townsend:

A self-proclaimed pirate found himself in an unusual circumstance Jan. 17 and summoned the U.S. Coast Guard for help with his vessel.

Gregory is a Seattle native who was drawn to Port Townsend six months ago, after participating in the past half-dozen Wooden Boat Festivals as a pirate.

“I’d been through storms before,” said Gregory, who noted that his boat’s anchor had held it in place, for the most part, until the morning of Jan. 17, when his GPS confirmed that the storm was dragging his boat to shore.

With 38 mph winds, a call went out to the U.S. Coast Guard based out of Port Angeles. A crew arrived roughly one hour after receiving the call and crew members were able to hitch onto Gregory’s sailboat, a Lord Nelson cutter class named the Free Spirit. Source and full story at PT Leader.

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Ghost ship adrift for months ends up on Washington's Whidbey Island

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/25/17

CLINTON, Wash. - An apparently abandoned boat that had been reported adrift for months ended up on Whidbey Island in Washington.

Joe Smiley, of the state Department of Natural Resources, said crews are waiting for high tide to pull the boat off the beach.

He said the boat was reported floating around Port Townsend "a couple of months ago." That was the first report of the boat.

The fiberglass vessel, called Liberty, was built in 1980. It is 50 feet long and 12 feet wide. The 16-ton boat will be towed to Everett. Source and full story at KOMO News.

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Boat Haven breakwater work underway in Port Townsend

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/11/17

Repairs are being made this week to the Port of Port Townsend’s protective breakwater.

American Construction Co. of Tacoma has moved a barge and crane into position near the breakwater, and expects the project to take one week, according to a port district press release. View full details here:

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Four Winns Horizon 350 Review from Sea Magazine:

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/10/17

Four Winns Horizon 350 - It’s a versatile, multi-activity boat for weekending or watersports. Click here to view full details.

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Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron offering boating classes, seminars beginning in January 2017

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/10/17

Bellevue Sail & Power Squadron, which serves the Eastside from Woodinville to Renton, is offering beginning and advanced boating classes and seminars in January and February.

All are taught on the Eastside by experienced, certified instructors. The Basic Boating class (ABC), which qualifies boaters for the Washington Boaters Card, is now being offered with the Said & Power Squadron on-the-water training program. To sign up, go to:

http://bellevuepowersquadron.org/boating-education/

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America's Cup: 'Incredible' boats to take to the waves

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/10/17

(CNN) - Sailing has long been known for pushing the boundaries of technology, and this year's America's Cup will be no different. With the 35th edition of sailing's most coveted prize just around the corner, the skippers will soon get their hands on the shiny new boats they'll be racing around the shores of Bermuda.  View more details here.

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Washington State Ferry hits a boat near Vashon Island

by The Masthead | News & Blog on 01/10/17

Dec 2016: TACOMA, Wash. - A private boat and the state ferry Chetzemoka collided on the run between Tacoma and the southern tip of Vashon Island, and the Coast Guard says it could have been avoided.

 

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